The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Clell Swanson, Canton, SD, and Ty Robertson, Granbury, TX.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
We at the ACWA are quite busy with the planning and early stage implementation of the rules we will be using for the chuck wagon cooking venues across the country. We have developed the general sanctioning rules plus the more specific rules for food and wagon judging. We sent these out to all of the venues across the country and have received excellent input back from the event organizers. If you are one of the organizers out there who has not returned any comments, then please do so real soon so we may answer any questions you may have. We are also tweaking the "rules" as we receive pertinent information that we have overlooked or otherwise feel is necessary to include.
A contingent of ACWA officers and committee members met recently with officials in Frederickburg, Texa, to discuss what they can offer to make our first ACWA championship a very positive and lucrative event. We discussed many things with the three entities involved, those being Fort Martin Scott, Retired Texas Ranger Heritage Center and the City Manager. We have another meeting scheduled with them in a couple of weeks and will see if we can reach an agreement on a date and process by which we can all benefit. We are excited at the possibilities we are discussing for our event which we feel will be held within the first 4 months of 2017. We have been working on figures for prize money in the five figure range for the overall champion and a pretty healthy award for the food categorie and the top wagon finishers.
There is much to be done and we hope to get rules and score sheets into a somewhat semiformal state and send them out to the wagon owners for their input before we finalize the documents.
For those who are interested, we have done a professional DVD for helping with "certifying" wagon judges.
We stll have editing to do on this project, but are excited about what we are seeing so far.
Stay tuned folks!
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small
group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck
wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation
were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and